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Exclusive: Taking the long view on factual shortform

Shortform factual content is growing fast, but how does it fit into the kaleidoscope of other programming out there? Andy Fry finds out. There’s no lack of shortform factual storytelling in the world. With the emergence of social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, the last two decades have seen an endless outpouring of […]

Dare Pictures hires 59%’s Cassandra Johnson-Bekoe to head scripted development

UK indie Dare Pictures has appointed 59% exec Cassandra Johnson-Bekoe to the newly created position of head of scripted development. Reporting to Dare Pictures founder & CEO Derren Lawford, writer, producer and script editor Johnson-Bekoe steps into the role with immediate effect in which she will focus on developing the company’s scripted slate. She will […]

Dare & Tondowski re-team, co-hire ITN Productions alum to oversee doc slate

UK prodco Dare Pictures and Germany’s Tondowski Films have inked a strategic partnership to produce high-end documentaries for the international market, co-hiring ITN Productions alum Fatima Shafiq to oversee the slate. The companies initially joined forces last year to co-produce the three-part docuseries Crypto Queen with Channel 4, Sky Germany, and Fremantle, and are now expanding on this […]

Sky Deutschland & C4 land crypto docuseries from Derren Lawford’s Dare & Tondowski Films

Sky Deutschland and Channel 4 in the UK have joined forces on a three-part docuseries about a Bulgarian businesswoman who conned investors out of billions of dollars. Crypto Queen (working title) explores how self-styled lawyer Ruja Ignatova scammed people through a cryptocurrency named OneCoin. It is being produced by Tondowski Films, Derren Lawford’s Dare Pictures and Fremantle, […]

Woodcut’s Derren Lawford exits to launch docs & drama firm DARE Pictures

Derren Lawford, the former creative director of UK factual outfit Woodcut Media, has launched a new firm aimed at producing documentaries, drama, film and podcasts. DARE Pictures will produce for UK and global buyers, with a focus on using “an international network of directors, authors, and producers” to create “inclusive and impactful stories”. Several projects […]